Committed to Sustainability

Ever-changing social and environmental concerns present their challenges, but also present opportunities. Stepan embraces a broad view of sustainability and is uniquely positioned to partner with customers to deliver products that balance the needs of a growing human population with goals for environmental sustainability.

We are eager to partner with customers on this endeavor.

Bringing Science to Sustainability

Stepan’s vision is to bring innovative chemical solutions for a cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient world. We are dedicated to delivering products that help improve the lives of people through exceptional science and technology.

For decades, Stepan scientists and engineers have thoughtfully developed our diverse portfolio of chemical ingredients with the goal of promoting health and wellness, improving agricultural productivity, using energy and resources more efficiently, and reducing environmental impact. Across our organization, we are empowered and committed to act safely, responsibly and ethically as good stewards of Stepan.  

2020 Sustainability Report cover photo - Bringing Science to Sustainability - Green leaf with raindrops

Our Sustainability Priorities

Responsible Practices

Our goal is to deliver sustainable economic value, demonstrate accountability to our stakeholders and operate our business responsibly and ethically.

Read about our work to drive ethical and responsible behavior across our value chain.

Efficiency for the Planet

We aim to manage our operations and use resources responsibly.

Learn more about our goals to reduce our impact on the environment.

Advantageous Products

We continuously strive to deliver innovative products from responsibly sourced materials that promote energy efficiency, improved health and wellness, and reduced environmental impact.

Learn more about how our products promote sustainability.

Investing in People

Stepan is firmly committed to the safety, development and well-being of our employees, and to actively engage within the communities in which we operate.

Read about our commitments to human rights and labor practices.

Goals for a More Sustainable Future

  • <0.25
    total recordable incident rate (TRIR) across all Stepan facilities by 2025.
  • 10%
    Greenhouse gas emissions reduction per metric ton (MT) production from 2016 baseline by 2025.
  • 20%
    of global electricity from renewable energy by 2025.
  • 100%
    Conduct risk assessments and establish water management plans at all sites by 2023.
  • 40%
    reduction in global water use per MT from 2016 baseline by 2025.
  • 80%
    of our R&D investment dedicated toward sustainable processes and products by 2023.
  • 100%
    employee participation in safety and ethics trainings by 2021.

Our Memberships

Responsible Care®

The Responsible Care program provides an industry-specific framework for best practices by focusing attention on the key issues and opportunities for our industry. 


UN Global Compact

As a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, Stepan supports the Ten Global Principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We commit to advancing the broad goals of the UN across our areas of influence.

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